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Ohio State Rec Sports / Office of Student Life
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Columbus, Ohio may not sound like an outdoors mecca, but OSU made a bid to fix that when it completed its Outdoor Adventure Center in 2004. This massive facility boasts a 4,000 square foot climbing wall and bouldering cave, equipment rental for backpacking and paddle trips, and—arguably coolest of all—in-house adventure planners to help you coordinate outings “into the wilderness of Ohio, North America, or beyond.” The OAC also leads clinics on outdoors skills like kayak rolling and has a calendar of low-cost trips. Past and future outings include sea kayaking in the Everglades, whitewater rafting in West Virginia, and rock climbing in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge.

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